Maxi skirts are one of my all-time wardrobe faves. Just when I think I may be over the maxi skirt trend, BAM. I suddenly realize that I need a new maxi skirt in my life. I think it is because this fabulous skirt silhouette tends to fill a wardrobe void in between transitioning seasons. When it is not quite hot enough to be Summer temps, yet too warm for jeans – maxi skirts tend to slip right into that sweet spot of uncertainty. And it is during this time that I remember just how much I love them. The sweet release from tight jeans! There is just something about putting on a nice, long, flowy skirt that makes me feel pretty. And oh. so. comfortable.
When I started to debate what new maxi skirt I should make this Spring, it was actually a difficult decision. Did I go with the basic yoga-waist maxi skirt I often wear, or did I try to find a new silhouette? I wanted a skirt that would remain within my comfort zone, yet still be an every day skirt.
Enter the maxi wrap skirt.
Wrap Maxi Skirt DIY
- 2.5 yards fabric
- Measuring tape
- Basic sewing essentials
*I used a ponte knit for my skirt, for a nice mid-weight fabric with drape. But you can use woven fabric for this skirt.
HOW TO SEW A WRAP MAXI SKIRT:
Step One – Measure your waist circumference. Add 15″ – 17″ -or- (approx. one half of your waist measurement) to that number. For example, my waist is 31″. 31 + 15 = 46″. Determine the length of your skirt by measuring from your waist to the floor.
Step Two – Divide your waist circumference number (46″) by 4 (11.5″). Cut (4) skirt panels with the top waist width equal to your divided number, arcing out at the sides to your desired length.
Step Three – Cut (3) waistband pattern pieces 4″L x Width of fabric.
Step Four – Place (2) skirt panels right sides together, matching up the side seam. Pin and sew. Press seam open. Repeat for all 4 panels, until you have one piece of fabric for the main skirt.
Step Five – Using a pair of fabric scissors or rotary cutter, curve one bottom side edge of the skirt (this should be the side of the skirt that you want to overlay).
Step Six – Fold the side edges and the bottom hem 1/2″ towards the wrong side and press. Pin in place and sew using a straight stitch or double needle.
Step Seven – Place (2) waistband pattern pieces right sides together, matching up the side seams. Pin and sew. Repeat for last waistband piece, resulting in one very long waistband pattern piece. Press seams open.
Step Eight – Fold waistband in half, wrong sides together, and press.
Step Nine – Determine the center of the waistband, and the center of the skirt. Match raw edge of center waistband with raw top edge of center skirt and pin. Continue pinning the skirt to the waistband on both sides. Sew waistband closed all around, sewing the skirt to the waistband where pinned. Press skirt seam up and edge stitch to secure.
And you are done!
HOW TO WEAR THE WRAP MAXI SKIRT:
To wear, simply wrap the skirt around matching up the center skirt seam with you back center. Wrap skirt towards the front, keeping the curved skirt hem in front. Wrap waistband around multiple times, and tie to secure.
I found the skirt looked great dressed up with the white button down and a statement necklace, with a tank top and sandals, or even with a comfy tee (not pictured here, but I swear it looked great!).
I will definitely be wearing this skirt all Spring / Summer long.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…